Why the Oscars Are No Longer Appointment TV (Column)

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Why the Oscars Are No Longer Appointment TV (Column)
Many in Hollywood would concur that this year’s Oscar show was by far one of the best.

The pacing of the three-hour-plus telecast was better, as was the choice of some offbeat musical acts like Eminem and Billie Eilish. These and the momentous triumphs of director-writer Bong Joon Ho and his exceptionally original film, “Parasite,” all added up to a more surprise-filled evening than usual.

It was hardly a shock that “Parasite” won the international award or, for that matter, that Bong snapped up original screenplay. But few expected the South Korean filmmaker to score the director award, let alone take home the biggest prize of the night, best picture. I guarantee that most company Oscar pools had Sam Mendes and “1917” as favorites for those two categories.

So why, if the show was more refreshingly unpredictable this year, were its ratings at an all-time low?

In my view, it
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